This boy had to repeat P1 three times because that was the time there was no food here and so there were many days that he did not go to school and failed the year. Photo Credit: Helen Mould/Save the Children 2013.

This young boy had to repeat one school year three times due to his excessive absence during the food shortage.

Using His Passion to Help Children

Eric Reeves has a singular passion: He desperately wants peace for the people of Sudan and South Sudan, especially its children. And he has spent nearly two decades dedicated to this cause.

"There's something about children, the suffering of children, that's particularly moving," Eric says about his decision to support Save the Children's work in both countries. "I want to live in a world where people care about the suffering of children. And no one cares more than Save the Children."

It all started with his woodturning craft, the profits from which he has always donated to charity. After learning about Sudan’s “invisible war” and the need for a champion there, something clicked and 17 years later, Eric is regarded as one of Sudan and South Sudan's biggest supporters.

He has testified before Congress, published extensively (including two books), lectured widely, advised celebrity activists, and served as a consultant to a number of human-rights and humanitarian organizations. He also donates all the proceeds from his beautifully crafted woodturned bowls and vessels to Save the Children. Save the Children has worked in Sudan since 1984, and South Sudan since they gained independence in 2011, conducting programs for children and families affected by conflict, displacement, extreme poverty, hunger and a lack of basic services. We could not do the work we do without champions for children like Eric.


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